DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The average child spends nearly 11 hours a day on a mobile device, time that likely should be spent in other ways.

So as kids head back to school, how can parents control their children’s mobile app use? With an app, of course.

A Dallas-based developer has created an app that allows parents to remotely lock their children’s apps. The locking can be done with individual applications, or by locking categories of apps.

“AppLock Cloud gives parents the ability to take back their children’s time by placing time limits and daily/weekly rules on apps as well as view reports on how much time their kids spend on each app.”

The app, which is available for Android devices, must be installed on the phone that is to be tracked. Users can then manage the account online.

“Based on recent research, children and teens spend close to 11 hours a day on their mobile devices,” said Michael Kupka, CEO of Gizmoquip. “As a parent, I know how difficult it is to place time limits on children when they’re on their device. We developed AppLock Cloud to make it easy for parents to take back their children’s time and lead more balanced lives.”

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